As we near Christmas this post gives us a good reminder that as Canadians we are a part “rich” people that James addresses in chapter 5. Even if you are poor by Canadian standards you are rich compared to the rest of the globe. Let your richness cause you to overflow with thanksgiving and generosity if you’re going to compare yourself, compare yourself with the majority of the people around the world who have much less than you, rather than the minority who have more.
James 5:1-6 says,
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. 4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5 You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jas 5:1–6). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.